Soon — maybe as early as Friday — President Donald Trump, with Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, is expected to announce a presidential initiative that will roll back the Obama-era efforts that loosened the 56-year-old United States embargo on Cuba. How far will the president go?
President Trump and Vice President Pence have promised to reverse the Obama-era US-Cuba policy changes. South Florida Congressman Diaz Balart weighed in with his memo of proposed changes. Here is the text.
Myths about Trump’s victory in Florida persist. Will the false narrative of Cuban-American voters shape the anticipated changes to U.S.-Cuba policy?
Dos años después de que Obama relajó el embargo de Estados Unidos sobre Cuba y normalizó las relaciones, ¿están esas políticas a punto de ser revertidas por la administración de Trump?
For all of the unknowns, a few things about Cuba’s future appear clear, including that economic changes are likely to be incremental and have modest effects; lifting the trade embargo would have only marginal financial effects on the Cuban people; and economic liberalization is unlikely to bring political change to Cuba.
As of Thursday, it’s been one year since President Barack Obama announced historic change between the United States and Cuba, and now with embassies restored, commercial flights to Cuba may be coming.
Cuba is experiencing a wave of U.S. “unofficial” tourism. Even as the hidebound communist regimes claims it isn’t looking for U.S. investment, the contact with tourists and U.S. communications are changing Cuba from the bottom up.
There’s more that President Obama can do if he wants to cement his legacy of policy change on Cuba.
The effectiveness and fate of President Barack Obama’s December 17, 2014, executive actions to alter elements of the U.S. embargo on Cuba will ultimately depend on how the regulations are written and interpreted in the Treasury and Commerce departments. Let’s hope the regulators in those departments follow the spirit of the President’s actions.